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Graduate Application Open Dates

Graduate Application Open Dates

We have released a minor update to the Applying tabs for graduate level programs to display the open dates for applications to each term that a program has available.

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Accordion Improvements Release Notes

Accordion Improvements

We have released an improvement to the accordion tool that makes content editing easier while still maintaining accessibility.

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Ruby Upgrade Headlines

Ruby Upgrade

We upgraded the Ruby version running on CHSSWeb to 2.7.4. This patch level release contained security updates.

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Annual Salary Automatic Update Release Notes

Annual Salary Automatic Update

We made improvements to the annual salary modifier process in BTS to allow for automatic updates across multiple people rather than requiring manual updates to each individual.

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Ideas in Conversation on Horizon Hall’s Word Wall

Ideas in Conversation on Horizon Hall’s Word Wall

The multistory Word Wall feature in the atrium of Horizon Hall, in the center of Mason's Fairfax Campus, is a striking representation of the concept of a crossroad where faculty and students in many disciplines can meet and exchange ideas. Learn about how it works and how you can contribute to its conversation.

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How to secure your online meetings

How to secure your online meetings

You've moved your classes online. Now, how do you keep your online sessions from being interrupted by outsiders or disrupted from within? Here are some tips and resources.

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Updating Your Bio

Updating Your Bio

Help keep your webpages accurate by updating your faculty, staff, or graduate student bio once a year or after notable achievements.

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Keeping Webpage People Sections up to Date

Keeping Webpage People Sections up to Date

Keeping your current faculty and staff bios up-to-date is a best practice for both website maintenance and marketing. This resource from the CHSS Web Team provides directions for updating "People" pages on your website and updating your bios.

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CHSSWeb Newsletter Tool

CHSSWeb Newsletter Tool

The new CHSSWeb newsletter tool allows you to build attractive newsletters flexibly and simply from CHSSWeb content and to publish issues by email and on your web sites.

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Fall Cleaning

Fall Cleaning

As we begin Spring semester, here are some tips on reviewing and maintaining your web site.

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ITS to Retire WebEx Headlines

ITS to Retire WebEx

The Mason ITS team is working to simplify and improve its virtual meetings service offerings and they have announced that they are gradually phasing out Webex. Between now and July 2021 WebEx users will need to move from the WebEx suite of applications (Meetings, Events, and Training) and WebEx Teams to alternate solutions.

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How To Promote Your Class

How To Promote Your Class

Developing your course section listing and preparing promotional materials is a quick and easy process, and is a chance to show students that this topic is one of both interest and of value to them.  

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Departmental Awards: A Quick Review

Departmental Awards: A Quick Review

Adding annual awards to the CHSSWeb system is easy and quick, and it creates a year-by-year record of some of the college's most distinguished students. This step-by-step list gets the job done in a hurry!

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NEW: Page Layouts

NEW: Page Layouts

Writing new content for a page or feel like your pages need a makeover? Learn how to create unique page layouts for your content.

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Are You Using Your Program Pages Well?

Are You Using Your Program Pages Well?

CHSSWeb provides a powerful set of tools for promoting your academic programs through online brochures, but they're only as good as you make them. Are you using your program pages well?

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Introducing CHSSWeb Report Subscriptions

Introducing CHSSWeb Report Subscriptions

We have added a new report subscription system and launched our first report: a nightly list of newly-added articles and events. All editors are subscribed to this report by default. You can manage your subscriptions from your bio edit page.

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Add a Datatable

Add a Datatable

Do you use tables on your site? Make them sortable, searchable, filterable and exportable with datatables.

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Updated Dashboard

Updated Dashboard

We have redesigned the CHSSWeb dashboard to provide quick links to key tasks and a better overview of your site's status. We are proud of the new dashboard and hope you find it helpful.

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Embed Qualtrics Surveys on Your Site

Embed Qualtrics Surveys on Your Site

Qualtrics is a web-based survey tool used to conduct survey research and other data collection activities. CHSSWeb supports embedding many types of survey forms including those built in Qualtrics.

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New Feature: Bulletins

New Feature: Bulletins

This new tool offers a quick way to monitor articles posted on the main Mason web site and to post those articles on your site.

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Changes to the Pages Tool

Changes to the Pages Tool

The Pages tool now displays your sections and pages within your site's navigational structure. We are very excited about this change, which we hope will make it easier for you to work with your site.

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Can I Edit My Programs?

Can I Edit My Programs?

Well, yes. Yes, you can. We have revised our help documentation for Programs and Profiles to make it clearer which fields you can edit and what effect they have on the display of your programs.

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The End of Adobe Flash

The End of Adobe Flash

Adobe has announced the end of Flash, their once-popular multimedia browser plug-in. Although they will still support the product until 2020, you can stop using it now.

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Important: Two-factor Authentication

Important: Two-factor Authentication

You will soon be required to use two factor authentication (2FA) to log into CHSSWeb and any other systems that rely on Mason's central authentication service. If you have not registered for 2FA, please do so.

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Bios for Fall Hires

Bios for Fall Hires

This weekend we received the Banner data on a large number of our new faculty and staff. Their bare-bones bios are now on your sites. These new bios can be edited by site editors or by the faculty and staff members themselves.

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In Memoriam: Walter J. Mircea-Pines

In Memoriam: Walter J. Mircea-Pines

It is with sadness that the College of Humanities and Social Sciences informs the George Mason University community of the death of Dr. Walter Mircea-Pines, a faculty member and colleague within the Department of Modern and Classical Languages.

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New CHSSWeb Tools Design

New CHSSWeb Tools Design

We plan to launch the new CHSSWeb tools on Friday. If you have any comments or critiques, please email us and/or attend Thursday's user group. Thank you to those who already have given us feedback.

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A New Design!

A New Design!

Are you ready for a new design? Find out how to preview it on your site and how to make the switch.

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New Feature: Content Messages

New Feature: Content Messages

We've added a tool you can use to let other site editors know you have a new article or event. You choose the sites you want to notify, their editors receive your message, and they can feature your content with one click.

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Tags Are Now Visible

Tags Are Now Visible

We have made the new tagging feature visible to the public. Thank you for the work you did tagging your courses, course sections and programs. Please take a few minutes to read what we learned as we reviewed the tags you added.

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News Brief Survey Results

News Brief Survey Results

Thank you for responding to our News Brief survey. It seems you like categories but are not wedded to them or to having the categories on the home page. Read on for a link to the survey results and an explanation of what we learned.

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New Feature: Tagging

New Feature: Tagging

Site editors can now tag programs, courses, and course sections. On October 28 we will begin displaying these tags on the public sites to cross-promote our offerings and we would like to have content tagged by October 27. Please read on to find out what you can do to make sure your department's courses are well-represented.

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Design Updates

Design Updates

We have deployed a set of design changes which we hope make our sites look a bit more fashionable. The changes primarily affect typography and spacing. We also removed most 3D elements such as shadows. We hope you like the changes.

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Maintenance Complete

Maintenance Complete

We have completed our maintenance. Most users should be able to log into the administrative tools now. If you are having problems, we have suggestions that may fix those problems.

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Upcoming System Maintenance

Upcoming System Maintenance

The CHSSWeb team will be performing maintenance on the system on Friday, April 24. This will not affect the public-facing sites but the administrative tools will be unavailable during the maintenance.

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Entering Awards

Entering Awards

It's awards time. If you find yourself creating each award anew every year, you are creating extra work for yourself. Please review the instructions for entering awards and contact the CHSSWeb team if you have questions.

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Maintenance Tip: Let Us Know When Editors Leave

Maintenance Tip: Let Us Know When Editors Leave

We've had a few recent emails on the theme of "OMG! There's an editor on our site who shouldn't be there anymore!" We can fix that for you if you let us know. You'll find the list at the lower-left corner of the dashboard. Please let us know if anyone should be removed.

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Design Changes

Design Changes

Today we deployed revisions to our design. The changes primarily affect the top portion of site pages, including the audience and utility navigations.

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The CHSSWeb URL Shortener

The CHSSWeb URL Shortener

What do you do when your URLs get too long? You cut 'em down to size with Permalinks, URL Shorteners and, in a pinch, redirect pages. Read all about it.

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New Section on CHSS: Career Outcomes

New Section on CHSS: Career Outcomes

How do you talk to your students and prospective students about the value of a degree in the Humanities and Social Sciences? We have added a new section to the CHSS site: Career Outcomes. Let us know what you think.

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More Broken Links?

More Broken Links?

We've made great strides in purging our sites of broken links. The good news is we're about to be even more thorough about finding the links. The bad news is, well, you may have a few more to fix.

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Spring Is Here!

Spring Is Here!

Well, autumn is actually here but the Spring course sections arrived in CHSSWeb this morning. They are available on your sites, in your administrative tools, and on individual faculty bio edit pages. Please keep in mind that changes to the course schedule will be reflected in CHSSWeb a few days after they are available in the schedule of classes.

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How Do We Calculate Your Site Performance Score?

How Do We Calculate Your Site Performance Score?

Since we added the performance level scores, we have seen great improvement in the currency of your content... and we have heard a few questions about the how we calculate the score, particularly regarding broken links and information about part-time faculty. Here's our reasoning about these.

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New Bio Features

New Bio Features

Take your bio to the limit by adding your grant and fellowship information and updating your course sections. You can control the horizontal. You can control the vertical.

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Is Your Site Up-to-date?

Is Your Site Up-to-date?

Or are you riddled with broken links, faceless faculty, and ancient articles? Take a look at your site's dashboard and see how you're doing.

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Collecting RSVPs

Collecting RSVPs

Want to know who will attend your event? Want to limit attendance? Want to print badges? The RSVP feature can help.

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Design 3 Preview

Design 3 Preview

We are almost there. Thank you for the help and patience you have given us during the redesign process.

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Design 3 Progress

Design 3 Progress

We have finished coding and beta testing the new design. We are currently making changes based on what we learned during testing. We are hoping to release the design for your review by the end of the week.

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We're Testing a New Help System

We're Testing a New Help System

We are experimenting with a new help, ticketing and feedback system. Please let us know what you think. We have added a few help documents for testing purposes and will add more if we adopt the system permanently. Look for the help icon in the bottom-right of the screen.

Survey Results

Survey Results

We sent our survey to twenty-five individuals and received fourteen responses. The respondents represent thirty different sites, including five centers, five departments, and many individual programs. Thank you very much for taking the time to respond.

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Redesign: Where We Are Now

Redesign: Where We Are Now

We are currently testing various technical approaches to the design. We are also making upgrades to the system in preparation for the design and we are gathering feedback from the site editors and other constituents.

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What is Responsive Design?

What is Responsive Design?

The CHSSWeb team is working on a new design for our academic unit sites. This design will use "responsive design" techniques. What does that mean and why do we need it?

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New Features: Programs and Profiles

New Features: Programs and Profiles

We have added several new features to the program listings. You can now edit all non-catalog information about your programs, including a promotional overview and profiles of your students and alumni.

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2012 Catalog Courses Now Available

2012 Catalog Courses Now Available

We have updated the courses in CHSSWeb to match the 2012 catalog. We have also re-run last night's Banner import to bring in scheduled sections of newly-added courses. We are still in the process of updating the program descriptions to match the new catalog.

System Upgrade Complete

System Upgrade Complete

The CHSSWeb team completed an upgrade of our core systems last week. We are now running the latest versions of Ruby and Rails. Since the upgrade, our sites are running approximately one third faster. Thank you for your patience during the upgrade process.

How Up-to-date Is Your Site?

How Up-to-date Is Your Site?

We have added new information to the Dashboard to help you maintain your site. Learn about those changes and see a breakdown of currency and article usage across all CHSSWeb sites.

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Who Do I Call?

Who Do I Call?

Ghostbusters, if you have a ghost. But if you need to need to contact the editor of a site within CHSSWeb, there are two new ways to find that person's information.

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Confused about Courses?

Confused about Courses?

Are you confused about where the information about courses and sections on your website comes from? Do you want to know how to edit this information or upload a syllabus? This and more is available on the CHSSWeb help site. Information about "Courses and Sections" has been recently revised.

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New Look for CHSSWeb Help

New Look for CHSSWeb Help

The help site for CHSSWeb has a new look. It includes a completely revised navigation. We hope these changes make it easier for web editors to find the help they need as quickly as possible. Send comments and suggestions to chssweb@gmu.edu.

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At last: Help with Resources

At last: Help with Resources

The Resource App makes adding and sharing resources a breeze. The help section provides information on how to take advantage of all the features of this valuable application.

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Latest Development: Top Navigation

Latest Development: Top Navigation

It is now possible to have top level navigation on webpages. This is useful for pages that have complex internal organization. It helps organize a subsection of a website to make the information more accessible to users. For an example, follow the Read More to see the help section for the Events Application. Contact CHSSWeb if you are interested in using this feature on a page of your website.

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